Not one, but three circuses are coming to town as Resorts Atlantic City brings in the "Naked Circus," "The Great American Circus," and "Cirque Polynesian" through Sept. 11, 2011.
ATLANTIC CITY — Resorts Casino Hotel has unveiled some very cool things over the past few months, including the first full-time-gay bar at a casino in the country, Prohibition; the city's first whiskey lounge, Torch, which features rising singer-songwriter stars and avante-garde musicians on weekends; New Jersey native and popular comic Joe Piscopo's first-ever nightclub, Club Piscopo; and now — not one, but three separate circuses.
The city's first legal casino also completely re-branded itself this summer in a '20s theme, with Flapper girls, Gatsby girls, and other '20s-era events and decor — all relating to Atlantic City's glory days, as depicted in the hit HBO drama series, Boardwalk Empire.
On Friday afternoon, Resorts provided AC Weekly with terrific time-lapse video showing the raising of the new Resorts Event Pavilion, where the circuses (read details on each below) will be performed through Sept. 11, 2011.
Before reading about the details of each of the circuses, including the adult-oriented "Naked Circus," check out this amazing video:
Here are details about the three circuses at Resorts:
‘The Great American Circus’
Now-Sept. 11, Event Pavilion Taking place in the Event Pavilion tent outdoors at Resorts, the showtimes are Wed.-Fri., 4:30pm, and Sat.-Sun. at 1 and 4:30pm. Tickets are $18, $25 and $35 for adults, $9, $12 and $18 for children. The Great American Circus captures the best of the modern-day circus blending acrobatic skill, human athleticism, humor and a tribute to the late pop music icon, Michael Jackson, by Michael Kiss. The show also features the “Wheel of Death” that originated in the 1930s, crossbow duo masters, Ross and Elisa Hartzell, and flying trapeze artists.
Now-Sept. 11, Event Pavilion Resorts has put up an air-conditioned tent on its parking lot to house three circuses this summer, including Cirque Polynesian. The showtime is 7:30pm Tues.-Sun. Tickets are $30, $35 and $45 for adults, $12, $15 and $18 for children. Authentic Polynesian warriors, fire eaters, Tahitian and hula dancers will perform, along with Cirque acrobats in a show that has been running in Hawaii for the last seven years.
‘Cirque Risque — The Naked Circus’
July 17-Sept. 11, Event Pavilion This sensual twist on the Cirque concept will take place in the Event Pavilion, an air-conditioned tent at Resorts, featuring the male artists and acrobats as naked as the law allows, and the women in G-strings, pasties, lingerie and body paint. The showtime is daily at 11pm and tickets are $39, $49 and $69.
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In late July, Nicholas had actually rolled out three circuses at Resorts in a massive, 1,800-seat air-conditioned tent pitched on a parking lot at the casino. But when Hurricane Irene began bearing down on Atlantic City in late August, Cornell and the casino decided to strike the tent and move two of the three shows into Resorts’ Superstar Theater.
The circus will be at the Atlantic City Race Course Aug. 3-5 and in Rio Grande at the Robert Wisting Recreation Complex (Cape May County) Aug. 10-11.
The performers in Cirque Risqué will be dressed — actually, undressed — in just enough clothing to conform with New Jersey gaming laws that prohibit nudity in casinos. That means pasties, G-strings, peek-a-boo lingerie and body paint for the women and glorified jock straps for the men.
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Presumably, the casino will skip the violence and racketeering of Boardwalk Empire — which also dives into the early careers of mobsters like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano — and just go for the ‘20s party atmosphere. But Gomes, in a press release, does say that the casino is responding to the success of the show, which has quickly become a critical darling.
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